WOW! Eurovision tries its best to stay as non-political and neutral as possible, but there can be no doubt that tonight’s events furthered the cause of acceptance and celebration of all sorts of people and styles. This feeling was summarised in the winner’s speech, delivered by Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst in what will surely be one of the milestone moments in the contest.
So now the confetti is settling, let’s take a moment to look at how the results panned out!
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So, here are the results!
1. Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix (290 points) (Austria)
2. The Common Linnets – Calm After the Storm (238 points) (Netherlands)
3. Sanna Nielsen – Undo (218 points) (Sweden)
4. Aram Mp3 – Not Alone (174 points) (Armenia)
5. András Kállay-Saunders – Running (143 points) (Hungary)
6. Mariya Yaremchuk – Tick-Tock (113 points) (Ukraine)
7. Tolmachevy Sisters – Shine (89 points) (Russia)
8. Carl Espen – Silent Storm (88 points) (Norway)
9. Ruth Lorenzo – Dancing in the Rain (74 points) (Spain)
10. Basim – Cliche Love Song (74 points) (Denmark)
11. Softengine – Something Better (72 points) (Finland)
12. Paula Seling & Ovi – Miracle (72 points) (Romania)
13. Sebalter – Hunter of Stars (64 points) (Switzerland)
14. Donatan & Cleo – My Słowianie (62 points) (Poland)
15. Pollapönk – No Prejudice (58 points) (Iceland)
16. Teo – Cheesecake (43 points) (Belarus)
17. Molly – Children of the Universe (40 points) (United Kingdom)
18. Elaiza – Is It Right (39 points) (Germany)
19. Sergej Ćetković – Moj svijet (37 points) (Montenegro)
20. Freaky Fortune ft Riskykidd – Rise Up (35 points) (Greece)
21. Emma – La mia città (33 points) (Italy)
22. Dilara Kazimova – Start a Fire (33 points) (Azerbaijan)
23. Firelight – Coming Home (32 points) (Malta)
24. Valentina Monetta – Maybe (14 points) (San Marino)
25. Tinkara Kovač – Round and Round (9 points) (Slovenia)
26. Twin Twin – Moustache (2 points) (France)
Of course the big story was the winner – Austria picked up their second victory in 47 attempts – the last one was nearly 50 years ago, in 1966! “Rise like a phoenix” breaks one of the longest victory droughts in the contest. Conchita took the roof off, but even I’m surprised she managed to win! That winner’s speech was quite something too – inspiring stuff.
Naturally this is the first time a drag act has won the contest (unless we count Serbia 2007), and follows in Dana International’s hallowed footsteps in demonstrating the large LGBT fanbase for the contest. I love it! But it was looking pretty close for a while – this contest was a lot closer than the final results appear.
It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part
Though there could only be one winner, lots of countries had plenty to celebrate.
The Netherlands turned out to be a real dark horse, and right until the end they were in contention. Even despite this, they were clearly happy to take the silver – their best result since their last win in 1975, and capping a massive turnaround from the wilderness years of not qualifying.
Sweden would of course loved to win again, but Sanna’s Eurovision experience was worth the wait, and a strong third place must raise Swedish spirits after Robin’s lukewarm result in Malmö.
While Armenia & Hungary were mooted as possible winners, they still rounded out the top 5. Armenia matched their best ever result from 2008, and Hungary made the top 5 for the first time in 20 years, just short of their peak.
Ukraine & Russia’s conflict may have been the other big story of the night, with Russia getting repeatedly booed when they scored any big points, but despite all this they managed a respectable 7th place. Ukraine defeated Russia though, even with the opening slot.
Spain bounced back from their dismal 2013 result and returned to the top 10 after a magnificent performance. Finland did great too, logging their best result since their 2005 win, landing in 11th place. Switzerland’s Sebalter had cause to celebrate too, with the best result for 10 years in 13th.
Finally, you don’t have to get a huge score to do well – once again I’m so happy that Montenegro & San Marino made their first final – while it was a lot to ask for them to do well, they should be very proud of themselves. Onwards and upwards!
Well… next time, eh?
It can’t always be sunshine and rainbows, and some nations had a rude awakening this year. Greece put in a great performance, but didn’t grab their usual top 10 finish, perhaps because Cyprus & the Balkans were largely absent. 20th place is a bit of a shocker nonetheless.
The Azerbaijan bubble finally burst too, as their 100% top 10 streak was brought to an end with a 22nd place finish. A shame for Dilara, she seemed like a great character but the song just wasn’t up to it.
United Kingdom… well, my prediction of a win was all-to-obviously doomed. I’m not too bothered, it was a step in the right direction but it wasn’t my favourite. Still, I thought we’d at least crack the top 10, and barely doing better than Bonnie Tyler last year is a real blow for us I think. I guess we just need the right song after all! If anything, it’s shown us definitively that the artist choice isn’t always the priority, the song is the thing!
Poor France can’t catch a break can they? Someone has to come last but they can’t seem to make it work, even with great songs, in my opinion. I wonder if they will send an English song next time? Same goes for Italy, whose triumphant hat-trick of top 10 finishes ended with a 21st place finish. Hopefully they won’t flounce out of the contest next year.
Romania’s Paula & Ovi might feel a bit disappointed by the result, but it’s respectable and matching 2010’s 3rd place was a tall order. Blame the piano! Finally Malta… wow, I really thought they would do better, especially with that great slot. But it’s easy to forget that qualifying is hard enough for a small nation like that, so I hope they don’t feel too bad.
So, those predictions…
With no faith in the predictions I made, it was a bit of fun – how did I do?
WIN – United Kingdom – erm….
Top 5 – Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Austria. OK so 2/5 of the top 5…
Top 10 – Malta, Armenia, Russia, Hungary, Ukraine. Getting better, 7/10 top 10s, that’s something right?
Bottom 5 – Germany, Finland, Montenegro, Iceland, Belarus. Ahem… whoops! Well done to those guys for outperforming my expectations – even Germany were pretty good in the end!
Anyway, whatever happened – I had a great time watching, even if I had to get up at 4am to do it. Maybe I can make it to Vienna for 2015, we’ll see!
Thanks for all the support for this blog as ever, it means so much to me after spending all this time writing, even if most of you just want to see Sebalter is revealing shorts (which you can do).
I’ll be doing some more analysis later when the full breakdown results is available, if you’re into that sort of thing!!